Sofie Reed | Simplicity Chased Trouble Away

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Simplicity Chased Trouble Away

by Sofie Reed

Blues on dulcimer, lap steel, harmonica, and stomp box. "The recording is raw, live, in your face, affecting your musical soul." (Chris Kresge)
Genre: Blues: Folk-Blues
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1. Glitter Girl
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2. Leaving This Morning
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3. Simplicity Chased Trouble Away
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3:29 $0.99
4. The Village Rooster
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5. Human Every Day
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6. Tinder for Your Love
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7. Open
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8. Outside the City
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9. Peace Loving You
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10. Why You So Negative
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11. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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12. Bye Bye Bird
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Album Notes
I first met Sofie in 2004 when she released the truly excellent “Baby Boo GotGone,” an album that went on to become one of the top-selling releases at CDBABY for years. Out of sight — out of mind, as the saying goes, I forgot about Sofie until John Magnie (Subdudes) recently reconnected us. This time, after meeting with Sofie and listening to her new album “Simplicity Chased Trouble Away,” I realized I had just heard something not yet done in the annals of modern music. Yes, it’s blues, but it’s blues played on dulcimer: go ahead, Google it... look thru the blues history books... I cannot find a single artist of note anywhere who has applied the dulcimer to the blues. Then the voice — the lap steel — the harmonica — and the stomp box... and finally the heart, the attitude, the stories, the songs — this is the stuff from which music historians write long after an artist is gone, not while they’re in our midst. No band — just a few choice backup singers and Sofie. The recording is raw, live, in your face, affecting your musical soul. This is a woman who has lived a life worthy of being called a blues artist.
Over the past decade, living in the foothills west of Denver, Sofie’s many experiences as a lone Swedish immigrant in a foreign culture have allowed her to create an intriguing and colorful story, reflected in her unique approach to her music and performance. (Chris Kresge)

Recorded at Knucklehead Studios, Fort Collins, CO - engineer John Magnie and at The Ranger Station, Berthoud, CO - engineer Butch Hause
Mixed by Butch Hause
Mastered by David Glasser at AirShow Mastering, Boulder, CO

Backup Vocals: Sarah Picco, Steve Amedée, John Magnie, Helena Redman and Butch Hause



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Soulful dynamite!
For some years I´ve been a great fan of Sofies music. The combination of the unusual dulcimer, lap steel, harmonica, footstomping and soulful voice is quite unique! I met Sofie at one of her two concerts in her native town Ludvika, Sweden lately, and we became very good friends. She´s an awesome person as well! I must say this album is something extra. Her own material got brilliant lyrics and some of the songs are beyond beauty, e.g. "Simplicity Chased Trouble away", "Human Every Day" and "Peace Lovin´You". Nothing but masterpieces! Then we have this "Outside the City"... The clean guitar beat together with harmonica and Sofies soulful, sexy voice is dynamite! And must be considered as the blues song of the year, if you ask me! Don´t miss this one folks!!!